#HappyNewYear 2017, please, behave!

Hi all:

Happy 2017!

As I’ve been promising you (I was going to say threatening you, but I think it’s not much of a threat) I’m planning on taking a bit of time to gather my thoughts about blogging. It might result in a major overhaul or on a less is more approach to life. I started blogging in over 4 years ago (it’s still alive although mostly through an automated connection with this one) with the idea of trying to gain some presence on-line and sell some books. I’m happy to have met wonderful bloggers who have become friends and family over the years (you know who you are, and some of you will join the family, hopefully in the future), although from the point of view of the books it hasn’t been a winning strategy. So I want to rethink again.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to share some reviews, and I’m happy as always to feature new books if you let me know.

And a few pics from Xmas day in Barcelona.

Barcelona, swim across the harbor on Xmas Day
Traditional swim across Barcelona’s Harbor on Xmas Day
Floating sculpture in Barcelona's Harbor
Floating sculpture on the harbor. I feel like that sometimes and I hear is a good stretch for the neck
Christopher Columbus statue in Barcelona
Christopher Columbus, never tired of pointing, although there’s some controversy as to what he’s pointing at… (Isabella and Ferdinand, the Catholic Queen and King were in Barcelona when he returned from his first trip to America, so he came bearing gifts)
Carmela de Jaume Plensa
Sculpture of Jaume Plensa in front of the Palau de la Música Catalana. It represents a girl from Barcelona and it’s called Carmela

Fingers crossed, hoping that 2017 behaves better than 2016.

Thank you for reading, like, share, comment, CLICK and don’t worry if I’m not around much for a while. But if you have any new books coming up, don’t forget to let me know! 

By OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and after living in the UK for many years have now returned home. I teach English, volunteer at Sants 3 Ràdio, a local radio station, I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links.
My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

45 replies on “#HappyNewYear 2017, please, behave!”

Happy New Year, Olga. Blogging might not sell books but it leads to all sorts of friendships. And, actually, I’ve bought your books so… keep on blogging.

Thanks, Mary. I know what you mean. I have my e-reader full of books by great writers I’ve discovered through blogging… Let’s hope we get to see many more years and keep reading them!

2017 will be interesting, and if we survive, it’ll be worth writing about, and maybe even blogging. I read a lot of blogs and am grateful for the time and effort people spend on them. I don’t think blogging, or tweeting, sells books, but I do meet others who are as crazy about books, poetry, and higher forms of communication. I did pick up your free Escaping Psychiatry book; it’s on my Kindle and will be read. Happy New Year!

Thanks very much. Yes, I do discover many books by others too, but I agree with people that say social media is for being social, and I get the sense that blogging might work for non-fictions writers, as a way of sharing their expertise, inspiration… Thanks so much. I hope you have a great reading and blogging year (if we survive, indeed!)

Olga, please don’t tell me that you are thinking about not blogging anymore!
We need bloggers like you, to make the whole ting worthwhile.
It cannot just be about selling books.
I need you to stay around. There, I said it!
My best wishes, as always, Pete.

Thanks so much, Pete. It’s mutual, as you’re definitely part of the family. I started with a very elaborate plan of what I wanted to do (that was in part the reason why I changed to this blog, etc). What I’m thinking about now (but I need a bit more time to mull over) is perhaps to forget all advice and analysis (advice is too individual, analytics… well, I don’t truly care about. There. I said it too) and just blog about whatever. And perhaps, once the year is over, I might go back to my original blog, forget about subscription lists, monetizing and all that. I’ll be around, but don’t know what I’ll metamorphose into…
Best wishes (and any improvement on 2016 or the last 2 years, in my case, will be warmly welcome).
Big hugs too.

Big hugs, David. I enjoy too much the banter to stay away for too long. But hopefully I’ll work out what really makes me happy (for sure reviews will keep coming because I’m a reader first and foremost) and I’ll have time to kick-start a few other things I have going on in the background. Happy 2017 and huge hugs!

Thanks, Teagan. Yes, considering Xmas Day was pretty unplanned, other than we’ll go out and see, it was quite a nice contrast. Yes, it was time 2016 left us. I’m breathing deeply and plunging into 2017. Let’s hope.

A New. A fresh start. A clean slate. Anything is possible.
Have a good think, Olga–rest. We all need to clear the cobwebs in our brain every so often. Wish you a fabulous 2017 and thank you for all your profound book reviews. Makes me want to read m.o.r.e. My Kindle app on my iPad has 240 books. I’ve stopped downloading more as I MUST get to these first. Sigh. Only 2,900 waiting on my bookshelves. Come on over, we’ll read them together. 🙂 <3

Thanks, Tess. I went to visit one of my mother’s friends with her, yesterday, and I managed to acquire more books, this time paperbacks, that I’d been avoiding recently. Most of them are biographies, for a change, but… Perhaps we could offer books for adoption… Have a great 2017!

A slightly belated Happy New Year to you, Olga. So pleased you’re going to continue writing reviews – I love reading them. Wishing you all the best for 2017.

Thanks, Wendy. I always love your contributions too. I could never stop reading (although at some points I’ve read mostly professional books) but now I’m quite fond of writing reviews too. I’m reading an interesting book for writers from Charles Johnson and he dedicates a chapter to book reviews. Still, a bit to go but much to think… Have a great 2017, Wendy

I admire so much about you, Olga. That you take time to rethink, assess, and change things up (even when everything seems to be working well) is a great idea. Enjoy the quite time (at least the time away from blogging). See you soon! <3

Thanks, Lorna! I hope to either find something readers enjoy or something that inspires me, and hopefully both, but perhaps it’s a bit much to ask… Have a great 2017!

Hi Olga,
Just found you on here and hope I’m not too late!

What an interesting background you have, perfect, no doubt for creating great novels.

I will be interested in learning a lot from your experiences in the writing world.
Regards. Marie.

Thanks, Marie. Not to worry. I’ll be back, for sure with reviews, and hopefully with a few new tricks. I’m not recommending anybody to follow my route into writing, but if you love writing, then you should do it, for sure.

Hello Olga! I have high hopes for 2017, so lets see what happens. Loved the post! Great pictures! Take whatever time you need and I’ll be here waiting for your return and missing you. 🙂 xx

Thanks, Vashti. I hope your year has started well and it gets better and better. I’ll be sharing reviews soon, but it might take me a bit longer to decide what else I’ll be doing. Thanks, Vashti!

I hope you are right about 2017, I am approaching it in a very guarded way.

Do you review non-fiction? I enjoy your reviews, but I didn’t ask you to give my last novel a go as it touches on a subject you specifically wished to avoid. However last June Pen and Sword published Surviving the Death Railway: A Far East POW’s Memoir and Letters from Home. They will send a free copy if you are prepared to review it.

Thanks, Hilary. I think you’re right to be cautious. Let’s hope that it picks up and gets better.
And thanks for your kind comment about my reviews. Yes, I do review non-fiction, although far less than fiction (and I think I have a few of those reviews pending to share yet. Those I’ll keep blogging, no matter what). I’ve been also been reading more books on the subject, so I’d definitely be interested, although all attempts at keeping order in my to be read pile have failed miserably and I just pick up the next two or three I’m going to read, and when I get there I reassess the situation, so it might take me a bit of time to get there (but I will. And I don’t mind if people remind me, as sometimes books get buried and disappear).
Have the publishers thought about Rosie’s Book Review Team ( Especially if they have access to e-book copies they can always offer several copies and get a few reviews from the same group.
I’m sure I’ve shared my e-mail somewhere, but just in case you need it:
Hoping the year ends up being better than we think. Thanks, Hilary and good luck.

Thanks, Olga, I’ll get in touch by email. I totally understand the book pile. I am constitutionally incapable of reading it top to bottom. I had a lovely review from Rosie Amber’s team (from Alison Williams) for my last novel.

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